HSO MusicthatPOPS – Cirque de la Symphonie

March 18, 2017 @ 7:30 pmPacific/Honolulu Timezone
Concert Hall
$79 Orch A – N Center / Balc A - J, Balc K - L center; $66 Orch CC- EE, Orch A- N sides, Orch O - Q / Balc M - P center; $53 Orch R - S / T - W center / Balc K - P sides; $40 Orch X - Z center / Balc Q - S center; $27 Orch T - Z sides / Balc Q - S sides

Cirque de la Symphonie

Saturday, March 18, 2017
7:30 p.m. at the Blaisdell Concert Hall
Tickets start at $27

A feast for the eyes, ears, and heart! Local favorite, Maestro Stuart Chafetz leads the Hawai’i  Symphony Orchestra through an array of popular classical favorites as eight mesmerizing acrobats, aerialists, strongmen and contortionists perform in front of (and above!) the orchestra. Our guest artists include the most amazing veterans of exceptional cirque programs throughout the world.

Aerial Duo Alexander Streltsov and Christine Van Loo


Price: $27-$79
Tickets are available here, via TicketMaster, and at the Blaisdell Box Office.

$13 student rush tickets and $20 active military discounted tickets – available beginning Monday, March 13, with a valid ID (must purchase in person). 

Guest Conductor, Stuart Chafetz

Stuart Chafetz is a conductor with a dynamic podium demeanor and a Stuart Chafetzrefined sense of audience engagement. Increasingly in demand with orchestrasacross the continent, this season Chafetz will be on the podium in Naples, Phoenix, Houston, Milwaukee, Detroit, Cincinnati, Hawaii, Columbus, Jacksonville, Buffalo, Louisiana, Grand Rapids and others.

Previous conducting appearances include the orchestras of Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Florida, Houston, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Louisiana, Naples, New Mexico, Phoenix, San Francisco Ballet and Virginia.

He’s had the privilege to work with renowned artistssuch as Chris Botti, George Benson, Richard Chamberlain, The Chieftains, Jennifer Holliday, John Denver, Marvin Hamlisch, Thomas Hampson, Wynonna Judd, Jim Nabors, Randy Newman, Jon Kimura Parker and Bernadette Peters.

He previously held posts as resident conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and associate conductor of the Louisville Orchestra. As principal timpanist of the Honolulu Symphony for twenty years, Chafetz would also conduct the annual Nutcracker performances with Ballet Hawaii and principals from the American Ballet Theatre. It was during that time that Chafetz led numerous concerts with the Maui Symphony and Pops. Read More >>


Sagiv Ben Binyamin

began his gymnastic career in his native Israel before moving to the United States in 2000. His mastery of trapeze, fabrics, rope, hand balancing, and acrobatics quickly attracted the attention of circus companies and major entertainment producers. His stunt credits include movies such asPolar Express and productions such as Universal Studios’ Spiderman Rocks. He is famous for his acrobatics with Teatro ZinZanni, Cirque Productions, Anti-Gravity, Cirque de la Mer, Velocity Circus, Eye of Newt Circus, and the Birdhouse Factory, and he has worked with major performing artists such as Cher. Sagiv provides an amazing rope act and tantalizing adagio in a tango of balance and strength with partner for Cirque de la Symphonie.

Marcello “Marco” Antonio Balestracci

is an acro-gymnast, dancer, actor, and singer. He spent ten years in competitive gymnastics and has received several first place medals at state and regional competitions. As a dancer, Marco has worked with choreographers such as Adrienne Dellas-Thornton (Kirov), Rudolf Kharatian (Washington Ballet), and Sandra Balestracci (his mother). He performed in the Nutcracker as a soloist with the American Youth Ballet Company, a production which was broadcast to school systems across the land. He has performed with the Music Theater of Williamsburg with Tom Netherton and with Busch Gardens, Williamsburg. Regional theater musicals have included; King and I, Godspell, and Joseph and His Technicolor Dreamcoat. As an acrobat, Marco made his Broadway debut in the lead role of Cirque’s Jungle Fantasy, followed by a national tour in 2008. He has also starred in other Cirque productions, such as Imaginique and Christmas Dreams. He currently resides in Los Angeles where he has performed with Le Ombre Shadow Acrobatics & Dance and Torque Method. When not touring with Cirque de la Symphonie, Marco teaches at Cirque School, LA, as the Head Acrobatics Instructor.

Autumn Crockett

began training in dance and acrobatics at the age of three at DC Dance Factory in her native state of Tennessee. Her exceptional talents soon led to television performances with LeAnn Rimes, Billy Gilman and CeCe Winans. Autumn’s unique combination of contortion, dance and acrobatics was soon recognized by The Edge Performing Arts Center, an elite company in Los Angeles that provided her with a full scholarship. She continued her movement training with Cirque School LA’s professional program. Her career took off soon afterwards, including appearances with Rihanna in the Video Music Awards, the movie I Kissed a Vampire, America’s Got Talent and numerous commercials. She has performed in live stage shows such as Odyssey Dance Theater, Troupe Vertigo, Le Ombre, La Mirada Theater production of “Cats” and for the Academy of TV, Arts & Sciences.

Aloysia Gavre

is an incredible aerial performer from the prestigious Ecole National de Cirque, Montreal, with early training from Master Lu-Yi and the Pickle Family Circus School. Her aerial acrobatics and graceful maneuvers on the aerial hoop, suspended high above the stage, add three-dimensional excitement to the symphony and the music hall. Aloysia was the Special Prize Winner at the International Circus Festival in Monte Carlo. A veteran of stage and theater performances worldwide, Aloysia is best known as a veteran of Cirque du Soleil’s “Quidam” and “O.” Her five years with Quidam established her as one of the best aerial artists in the world, and today she shares that experience with others as choreographer for Cirque Mechanics and Troupe Vertigo and as director of Cirque School in Los Angeles. Aloysia’s regular performances with Cirque de la Symphonie and live orchestras take aerial acrobatics to a new level.

Sagiv Ben Binyamin
Andrey Moraru - Hand Balancing 01 (resized)

Andrey Moraru is a native of Kiev, Ukraine, and a graduate of the prestigious Kiev Circus School where he trained hand balancing under the legendary Vitold Kuvshinov. Upon graduating with an act fused with both balance and dance, Andrey joined the cast of Le Reve, directed by Franco Dragone in Las Vegas as a hand balancing specialist. After many years with Le Reve, Andrey pursued a solo career, which brought opportunities in Europe for numerous cabarets, variety shows, and circuses, including “Flic Flac” from Germany. He was recently a finalist on America’s Got Talent. Los Angeles has become his new home where he has performed with Symbiotic, Quixotic, and Troupe Vertigo. When not performing, Andrey teaches master hand balancing classes at Cirque School. Andrey’s trademark hand-balancing and acrobatic skills are now a standard part of Cirque de la Symphonie, which includes a mesmerizing acrobatic “adagio” act with partner.

Marcello “Marco” Antonio Baletracci
Vladimir Tsarkov - Rings 08 (resized)

Vladimir Tsarkov provides a spell-binding performance with combinations of mime and juggling feats. A favorite of the younger members of the audiences, Vladimir’s Red Harlequin act features rings, balls, and batons, and he’s even been known to teach the maestro a trick or two! He is a veteran of Circus Circus, Cirque Ingenieux, and various Cirque de la Symphonie performances. Vladimir graduated from Russia’s prestigious State College of Circus and Theater Arts and won the gold medal at the Cirque de Demain International Festival in France. His performance with the symphony is pure entertainment and guaranteed to please audiences of all ages.

Autumn Crockett
Elena Tsarkova - Contortion 02 (resized)

Elena Tsarkova, the “Lady in White,” is a graduate of the famed Moscow Circus School and first-place winner of the prestigious National Russian Circus Festival.  From her “Master of Sports” in gymnastics, Elena developed into a unique and graceful performer with the Big Apple Circus, Switzerland’s Circus Knie, and Germany’s Circus Roncalli. Her combination of contortion, balance, and graceful dance moves has made her a major star with Cirque de la Mur in Florida and Circus Circus in Las Vegas. Elena’s experience with many major stage and theater productions offers a professional background that allows for a truly unforgettable performance with the live symphony. The “Lady in White” provides an elegant touch to Cirque de la Symphonie.

Sarah Sporich

is a classically trained dancer and contortionist, studying under various high caliber choreographers at the Talent Lab in Los Angeles. She combines the fluidity and grace of dance with the athleticism of aerial arts and the extreme lines of contortion all in one. Sarah’s mixture of skills has brought her a diverse career including performances on GLEE, Michael Jackson Billboard Music Awards and Jennifer Lopez American Music Awards. Theatrical stage shows include touring with Le Ombre Shadow Acrobatics & Dance, Revelations, Troupe Vertigo, and a live show of Pixar’s film Inside Out at the El Capitan in Hollywood. When not performing she teaches Pilates and Aerial skills at Cirque School and is the head coach for their Cirque Kids programming.

Brandon Grimm

began gymnastics training at the age of 5, and he developed elite skills in both dance and acrobatics at Dance FX, near home in Sunrise, Florida. He became a featured performer on a national tour with the Tremaine Dance Company. Brandon added to his range of skills through additional training with STREB-Lab for Action Mechanics in New York, specializing in aerial arts and Chinese Pole. He was able to utilize this combination of dance, acrobatic and aerial skills to perform with Cirquetacular Entertainment and Aerial Artistry. Moving to Los Angeles, Brandon joined Diavolo Dance Theater in Los Angeles and performed as a core member of the troupe for three years, traveling the globe as a featured performer. His achievements include: 2014 Men’s Pacific Aerials Arts Champion, 2015 Men’s Pacific Pole Champion, 2015 US Men’s National Champion, Britney Spears music Video Make Me, 2016 Miss Pole Dance America Troupe Winners, and Choreographer of the Year by the Pole World News Awards. When not performing, Brandon has also shares his skills as an instructor for Cirque School L.A.

About Cirque de la Symphonie

Cirque de la Symphonie is an exciting production designed to bring the magic of cirque to the music hall. It is an elegant adaptation of some of the most amazing cirque acts performed on a stage shared with the full symphony orchestra, showcasing many of the best artists in the world. The audience is thrilled and bedazzled by aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen. These accomplished veterans include world record holders, gold-medal winners of international competitions, Olympians and some of the most original talent ever seen. Each performance is perfectly choreographed to classical masterpieces, raising cirque artistry to a fine arts level. Adding a stunning visual element to the concert experience, these aerialists and acrobats provide a three-dimensional entertainment extravaganza. Orchestras play with enhanced enthusiasm, while patrons marvel at the jaw-dropping spectacle of aerialists flying overhead and astonishing acrobatic feats. Fusing the power and majesty of the live orchestra with the best of cirque artistry, Cirque de la Symphonie is the only cirque company in the world that performs exclusively with symphony orchestras. Over one hundred orchestras worldwide have featured Cirque de la Symphonie in sold-out venues, adding energy and excitement to the concert experience.Join us on Facebook and explore our website for images, video, schedule, reviews, and more:


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